Issue 18 – Spring 2010 – James McLaughlin

James McLaughlin


from River Aspect

An omniana of intension or tension or a curiously 
reluctant half light – returning turning through 
twigs and extensions of branches fingered river 
well worn and comforting fibre – rattan caned 
gives under foot gathering how secondary thought 
transpires to inclination or a distant spire diffusion 
of rainbow light a rain drip concludes in a mottling 
omniferous always the great trunks seem 
unimpregnated – sending horizontal and lateral 
obfuscations foliageous some skin love of sorts a 
baizing moistness filter and light defer cede then 
generate once more increasing in a concern of 
viviousity capitulated or acquiesce water over 
rocks echo in a silence seeking a some gone 
surrender – gather along trenches and dark places 
that eventually find release nothing remains 
contained flanges and lifts appear as normal 
compatibility skates on the underside of plants and 
fauna red dots and a grill vein taken – a parting of 
extremes – condition and contrast a path opens 
towards a track over fields and hills.



James Mc Laughlin from Scotland. Mature student graduate of Glasgow University 2003 with MA hons English and American Literature. Published StrideGreat WorksFREE VERSEnthpositionBlackbox Manifoldgistsandpiths, etc…. Currently working as freelance writer and artist.